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NFL Legend Joe Montana Speaks Out on Why He Once Quit During Super Bowl: ‘Can’t Do This’

by Emily Morgan
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NFL fans remember quarterback legend Joe Montana as one of the greatest of all time, but Montana had a rare slip-up during one of football’s biggest games.

Joe Montana had traded his Kansas City Chiefs uniform for a suit for his NFL TV studio career, which lasted nine regular-season games and the playoffs for NBC.

On Jan. 28, 1996, the Cowboys and Steelers met in Super Bowl XXX twenty-five years ago. During halftime, Montana made a decision he would never forget.

“At halftime, I called my wife from the phone,” Montana told The Post. “We all had phones next to us and said, ‘I quit. I’m out of here. I can’t do this.'”

Montana made a whopping $400,000 to travel to New York for half the regular season.

While he enjoyed the friendship with Greg Gumbel, Mike Ditka, Joe Gibbs, and Ahmad Rashad, he couldn’t find his place as an on-air host.

Joe Montana Cracks During Critical Moment

Joe Montana’s breaking point came when he made a point in the pre-halftime meeting on how to defend the Cowboys, and others told him he had the wrong take.

However, later on, another analyst brought up Montana’s point to which it received a positive reaction.

“I said, ‘OK, I had enough. I’m done,'” Montana recalled.

Montana had decided to throw in the towel.

“I hear guys say, ‘He did this and he did that,'” Montana said. “I say, ‘How do you know that he did [what] that offense does or what the defense does or whose mistake it is?’ Making that kind of judgment wasn’t fair to the players because I had it made on me so many times.”

For this year’s Super Bowl, Joe Montana has a different role during football’s biggest night.

Instead of being on the field or acting as an analyst, Guinness will include Montana in their “greatest of all time” ad.

Additionally, Montana didn’t reveal who he thinks is the best of all-time, though he said he would bet on either Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes.

According to Montana, he can see why Brady keeps playing even though he’s 43-years-old.

When Montana retired from the Chiefs following after 1994 season, at age 38, he missed the inevitable adrenaline rush that came every Sunday.

“Once I stepped away, I said, ‘Why did you do that? I wanted to kill myself,” Montana, now 64, said. “You had another year on that contract. I really started looking more about my health.”